I was surfing the internet tonight (as per usual) looking around the news sites for any big developments. The current “big” story is currently only being reported on Press TV. Unsurprisingly, the mainstream hasn’t touched it. The United States has sold fifty-three million dollars worth of weapons to the Kingdom of Bahrain, thereby ignoring the pleas of human rights organizations. If I didn’t see the article on Press TV, I wouldn’t have known it was occurring. That’s how quietly this arms deal went down.
The passages quoted below are from 22 U.S.C. section 2656f(d) and 18 U.S.C. section 2331(1). This author has made no changes or alterations to the original texts as posted on the two source websites.
For those of us playing the home game, these are the legal defintions of terrorism as written by the members of the United States government. It’s a lot to read, isn’t it? Spooky language. Spooky language!
It took me a while to come to see things in their true light with regard to the Drug War. For too long I believed what I was told by the popular media. We have come to accept that most Illegal Drug activity is financially motivated…. what we fail to grasp is… so is Law Enforcement activity. Dependency on a “Police State” for protection from ourselves is no worse then being addicted to drugs. The drugs, the drug addicts and even drug violence is not a threat to our liberty… the existence of a “Police State” is a threat to liberty.
On December 6th Rick Perry’s campaign released an ad named “Strong”, in which the Texas governor said the following:
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again. I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message.“
What does it mean to be a good citizen, and why should you strive to be one? Many of us are brought up to believe that you must be a good citizen for a democracy to “work”. Being a good citizen usually includes, but not limited to: voting, paying your taxes, flying the flag. Generally speaking, not being engaged in any type of counter-culture or rabble rousing. This type of education of being a good citizen usually begins in the home, ideals passing on from the father and mother to the children. Along this vein, in school, videos like School House Rock are often shown. This education persists with programs for young adults like Rock the Vote, whose slogan is “Rock the Vote don’t block the vote. Some politicians don’t want you to vote, but we’re fighting back”. Yet another program geared toward 18+ individuals, is the Declare Yourself Campaign. A “national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-29 year-old in America to register and vote in local and national elections.” Using promo videos from celebrities and artists like, T.I. and Seth Green. The videos encourage college age students to vote, and to vote early because as T.I. puts it, “Don’t let the man tell you when to vote. Do your thang, when you get ready. Aiight?”
While out and about today I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing people, asking their opinions on the Republican candidates for president. One of the men being interviewed said that he could not vote for Mitt Romney because he didn’t follow the Nicene Creed. A woman that followed him said that she wants a Christian in office. Both seemed to express that a person of faith was a prerequisite to earning their votes.
Reading the news lately, I have noticed quite a few stories about drug related arrests and the heroin “epidemic” that is plaguing our community and many others around the country. After 40 years and well over a trillion dollars you might think that America would have curbed its drug problem; but its worse now than it ever has been and its not getting any better.
At some point we have to stop and ask the question that begs an answer: Is our current drug policy working?